Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    amount: $107,410
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2009

    To promote research on the economics of household finance

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Peter Tufano

    To promote research on the economics of household finance

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  • grantee: Resources for the Future, Inc.
    amount: $202,264
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To ensure that appropriate economic data will be collected and distributed concerning new policies for regulating Green House Gas emissions

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Juha Siikamaki

    Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. will have significant impacts on our economy. There are strong positive and negative precedents for how to go about this. Powerful industry opposition to the transparent data collection and release was successfully overcome by prominent economists like Paul Joskow working through the Acid Rain Advisory Council. The thorough studies this made possible have helped make cap-and-trade for sulfur dioxide successful, most notably the definitive book Markets for Clean Air: The U.S. Acid Rain Program by Ellerman, Joskow, Schmalensee, Montero, and Bailey. Resources for the Future (RFF) has realized not only that it is critical to learn from past successes like this and build reporting requirements into the regulatory plans now being formulated, they have also recognized the need to train a new generation of scholars who will have a stake in monitoring and analyzing the data going forward many years. This project will also cooperate with an ongoing RFF study of how to measure carbon sequestration in forests that the Sloan Foundation has funded. Such grants do not necessarily signal the beginning of a full climate change program at the Sloan Foundation, but are consistent with our emphasis on promoting open access to information and enabling non-partisan policy relevant research.

    To ensure that appropriate economic data will be collected and distributed concerning new policies for regulating Green House Gas emissions

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  • grantee: Cornell University
    amount: $183,809
    city: Ithaca, NY
    year: 2009

    To develop, test, and propagate innovative Bayesian methods for estimating and regulating risks taken on by financial institutions

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Nicholas Kiefer

    Nicholas Kiefer of Cornell University is developing new analytical techniques directly motivated by and applicable to the needs of effective international bank regulation. Specifically, the Basel Accords set standards for determining how much capital a bank should be required to keep in reserve to guard against financial and operating risks. There are two main approaches that statisticians use to estimate probabilities. Frequentists think of the probability of an event (say, flipping heads with a coin) as the long run proportion of repeated trials when it occurs. By contrast, Bayesian statisticians approach an estimation problem with subjective beliefs about the "prior probability" and then concentrate on systematically using whatever data becomes available to update their estimates. Through further consultations with practitioners, more research publications, continued work with graduate students, and the development of a course on Bayesian risk estimation in finance, this project stands to improve the understanding, management, and regulation of financial risk.

    To develop, test, and propagate innovative Bayesian methods for estimating and regulating risks taken on by financial institutions

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  • grantee: Business History Conference
    amount: $400,000
    city: Wilmington, DE
    year: 2009

    To establish a Ralph Gomory Prize in honor of Ralph Gomory for his 18 years of outstanding leadership of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Roger Horowitz

    At the December 11, 2007 Board meeting, the Trustees established an authorization of $400,000 to honor Ralph Gomory and authorize Ralph to develop a plan on how the authorization would be used. A plan was to be developed by Ralph Gomory. This grant to the Business History Conference will establish a prize to honor Ralph Gomory. The Ralph Gomory Prize will recognize historical work focused on the effects that business enterprises have on the economic conditions of a country in which they operate. Beginning in 2011, two prizes of $5,000 each will be awarded annually, one for a book and the second for an article, and may be for work published in the two years prior to the year of the award. The grant will be separated into an endowment and an advertising fund intended to be used up in the early years of the award to enhance its visibility and to generate nominations. The endowment portion of the gift shall comprise at least 85% of the principal and be invested such that the prize can exist in perpetuity. In any given year, expenditures from this endowment can exceed no more than five (5) percent of the value of the endowment at the end of the previous year.

    To establish a Ralph Gomory Prize in honor of Ralph Gomory for his 18 years of outstanding leadership of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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  • grantee: Center for a New American Security, Inc.
    amount: $66,760
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To generate a literature review and research agenda that explore the industrial organizational puzzles arising from the globalization of defense-related industries

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Ethan Kapstein

    To generate a literature review and research agenda that explore the industrial organizational puzzles arising from the globalization of defense-related industries

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  • grantee: National Academy of Sciences
    amount: $61,849
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To support a workshop on the data, analytical, and budgetary resources needed to regulate systematic financial risk

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Scott Weidman

    To support a workshop on the data, analytical, and budgetary resources needed to regulate systematic financial risk

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  • grantee: Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
    amount: $84,378
    city: Hanover, MD
    year: 2009

    To support and institutionalize a working relationship between INFORMS and the Industry Studies Association through formal academic panels at INFORMS Practitioner conferences

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Mark Doherty

    To support and institutionalize a working relationship between INFORMS and the Industry Studies Association through formal academic panels at INFORMS Practitioner conferences

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  • grantee: Harvard University
    amount: $123,954
    city: Cambridge, MA
    year: 2009

    For research on Collaborative Filtering in Financial Markets

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Richard Zeckhauser

    For research on Collaborative Filtering in Financial Markets

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $44,159
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To provide expert input into the debate over automobile industry restructuring and to provide an agenda for related policy-oriented research in microeconomics

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Martin Baily

    To provide expert input into the debate over automobile industry restructuring and to provide an agenda for related policy-oriented research in microeconomics

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  • grantee: The Brookings Institution
    amount: $26,073
    city: Washington, DC
    year: 2009

    To develop policy advice and a research agenda for applying behavioral economics to federal regulatory design

    • Program Research
    • Sub-program Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance
    • Investigator Sendhil Mullainathan

    To develop policy advice and a research agenda for applying behavioral economics to federal regulatory design

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